All the affordably priced merchandise stocked here is bought directly from the public, which gives the shop a real local feel. You’ll find designer clothing and accessories that range from great vintage boots and sunglasses to sleek Marc Jacobs jackets and flirty Betsey Johnson dresses right alongside reasonably priced basics from Banana Republic. Beacon’s buys seven days a week, so the selection is constantly changing. And if you’re really cleaning house, they’ll conveniently offer to donate whatever they don’t buy to charity, so you won’t have to cart your duds back home. Newer items like handbags, belts, and jewelry round out the selection, making Beacon’s Closet a great place to shop for men and women who are big on style, but low on funds.
The student voice of Fordham College at Lincoln Center goes to Greenwich Village to visit Beacon's Closet.
...no vintage list would be complete without it. With branches in Manhattan, Williamsburg, and Park Slope, Beacon's Closet promises a higher percent payback than any other clothing exchange store. The selection is enormous and color-coded for your convenience, and prices hard to beat. Not the place to go digging for high-end designs, but for everyday wear and bargain buys, this spot is great.
Beacon's Closet is no longer exclusive to Brooklyn. On September 2, the popular consignment shop quietly opened at 10 W. 13th Street, right next to the main campus of Parsons. Like its Brooklyn siblings, the store is open to buying, selling, and trading, but any credit you earn from handing over unwanted clothes will apply to the Manhattan shop only.
We stopped by their new location yesterday to check out the goods and couldn't help but admire the expected hipster interior, which features printed wallpaper and chandeliers dripping with large white buttons and little light bulbs. At the front of the store are generic accessories and knickknacks like necklaces and small toys. The rest of the store teems with clothes and shoes scattered across numerous racks and shelves. The range of prices varied, but we spotted more than a few good deals.
Among the women's racks were a Kelly green Milgram coat with leopard collar detailing for $49.95, a red and white tweed D&G Dolce & Gabbana belted coat for $59.95, and a long, glamorous, cream Marvin Richards coat with faux fur collar and cuff detailing for $74.95. We also liked a pair of black-and-white-striped Valentino flats adorned with black sparkly rhinestones for $21.95. Among the men's racks, we saw a pair of men's suede and leather Louis Vuittonsneakers with velcro straps for $39.95, a men's gray corduroy Pierre Cardincoat for $34.95, and more plaid shirts than we could count.—Katherine Park
"The Never Pay Retail Tour. Beacon's Closet. This Brooklyn shop gives on-the-spot cash or credit for your castoffs, including clothing and CDs. If you're buying, expect a great mix of items such as Miu Miu bags . . . and used Levi's."